Sale Creek Middle/High plans to Offer Bible History Electives

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Community leaders and community came together on Sunday to discuss Bible as History classes for Sale Creek Middle/High School classes as elective history class.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Community comes together to support Bible history in the Classroom

November 6, 2016

Sale Creek, TN — On Sunday evening, Eight local churches, community leaders, and members of the Sale Creek community gathered at Sale Creek Middle /High School Gymnasium. The purpose of the event was to pray for schools, fund Bible History and impact lives.

There was a video, singing and the featured speakers Cathy Scott, president of Bible in the Schools organization. She spoke about the need for the youth of today to have exposure to the values of the Bible and to the book that is the cornerstone of all Western literacy . Also in attendance were Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson (R) and Hamilton County Commissioner and Mrs. Randy Fairbanks (L) and about 700 community citizens. Volunteers from eight different local churches were involved in planning and conducting the event.

Churches involved included Birchwood Baptist, Lake Drive Baptist, Rechoboth Baptist, Sale Creek Church of God, Sale Creek First Baptist, Sale Creek Independent Presbyterian, Union Fork Baptist and Unity Baptist.

After a video and some singing, it was announced that enough money had been raised to fund a teacher for the Sale Creek Middle School for at least 3 years.

Click on the links below for more information about the Bible in the Schools organization.

Bible in the schools facebook page : Bible in the Schools

Bible in the schools website : www.bibleintheschools.com

Facts about the Bible in the Schools program :

Bible history classes in the public schools are an opportunity for students to have a viewpoint neutral, foundational study – at no cost to taxpayers – of one of the cornerstone texts of world history, helping students be culturally literate and better equipped to thrive and contribute to a global world.

The mission of Bible in the Schools is to enrich the next generation with the wisdom and knowledge of the Bible by developing curriculum, training, and financial resources for elective, for-credit courses in Bible history, using the Bible as the text, taught in a controlled curriculum by trained and certified middle and high school teachers, employed by the Hamilton County Department of Education.

To make available to others through a comprehensive web site the Chattanooga model, to link Bible in the Schools to other organizations with similar goals and to consult with individuals, sponsorship groups or school districts across the nation.

Bible in the Schools’ President, Mrs. Cathy Scott, brings a rich background in fund development and educational advancement to her new role as the fourth president of Bible in the Schools.

Cathy is a graduate of Covenant College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She brings 15 years of experience working in schools, and is working on her master’s in educational leadership through the Covenant College Graduate School of Education. She is also a certified and licensed educator in both the State of Tennessee and Georgia.

Listed below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions about Bible in the Schools.

In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled: It certainly may be said that the Bible is worthy of study for its literary and historic qualities. Nothing we have said here indicates that such study of the Bible or of religion, when presented objectively as part of a secular program of education, may not be effected consistently with the First Amendment.

Bible in the Schools is fully supported by private contributions from the community. No taxpayer funds are used.

The teachers are employed by the Hamilton County Department of Education and adhere to federal guidelines of teaching from a viewpoint neutral, historical and literature perspective. The 17 Bible history teachers in Hamilton County cumulatively hold 30 degrees and together have 117 years of Bible history teaching experience.

Five courses are offered: Genesis, Exodus, the Life of Jesus (based on the book of Luke) , Old Testament Survey, and New Testament Survey.

All courses are academically rigorous, for-credit electives. Students s elect Bible history as they would any other Related Arts elective such as music and art.

They learn such things as the history and organization of the Bible. They study early Middle Eastern history as detailed in the Old Testament. They examine the life of Jesus and study history as detailed in the New Testament. They gain knowledge of what the Bible says about the nature of God and the nature of man.

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